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25 Dec 2009 description
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American Red Cross tsunami recovery program to finish in 2010

WASHINGTON, Friday, December 25, 2009 - Nearly five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 230,000 people and destroyed entire communities, hundreds of thousands of houses have been rebuilt, life has returned to normal and communities are more prepared for future disasters.The more than 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which hit 12 countries from Southeast Asia to East Africa in December 2004, caused more than $8 billion in damages and affected nearly 5 million people.

Even as it responded to …

17 Dec 2009 description
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By Nanda Aprilia, American Red Cross communications specialist in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

It's Friday and the students at SMPN 1 junior high school in Krueng Sabee, Indonesia are not reading, writing or studying arithmetic, instead they are busy playing sports, dancing, singing and painting.

Down the hall, there is a beautiful voice singing a familiar national song.

15 Dec 2009 description
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Introduction

On December 26, 2004, millions of people from Southeast Asia to East Africa experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. In a matter of minutes, the tsunami killed more than 230,000 people, and millions more watched as their homes, shops, boats, places of worship and schools disappeared into an inconceivably powerful wave.

The magnitude of destruction caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from donors worldwide.

15 Dec 2009 description
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American Red Cross tsunami recovery program to finish in 2010

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - Nearly five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 230,000 people and destroyed entire communities, hundreds of thousands of houses have been rebuilt, life has returned to normal and communities are more prepared for future disasters.

The more than 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which hit 12 countries from Southeast Asia to East Africa in December 2004, caused more than $8 billion in damages and affected nearly 5 million people.

Even as it …

03 Dec 2009 description

450 deaths a day is still too many - stalled momentum puts millions more children at risk

ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The Measles Initiative announced today that measles deaths worldwide fell by 78% between 2000 and 2008, from an estimated 733 000 in 2000 to 164 000 in 2008. However, global immunization experts warn of a resurgence in measles deaths if vaccination efforts are not sustained.

All regions, with the exception of one, have achieved the United Nations goal of reducing measles mortality by 90% from 2000 to 2010, two years ahead of target.

02 Dec 2009 description
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American Red Cross also part of the Hewlett-Packard Company's Create Change campaign

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation has contributed more than $1 million this year to help fund American Red Cross disaster response.

The largest contribution, $350,000, was given to help Philippine communities affected by typhoons in September and October.

22 Oct 2009 description
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Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program Provide Support

WASHINGTON, Thursday, October 22, 2009 - UPS is delivering 70 tons of food and relief supplies to communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in American Samoa, as a UPS relief flight has delivered the first payload to assist the ongoing recovery efforts, with additional supplies scheduled to arrive in November by ocean freight.

The shipments by UPS, which is a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program of the American Red Cross, are supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the Red Cross in American …

20 Oct 2009 description
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WASHINGTON, Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - In testimony to a U.S.

05 Oct 2009 description
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World's largest humanitarian network pulls together with response

WASHINGTON, Monday, October 05, 2009 - As humanitarian workers in the Asia Pacific transition from disaster relief to recovery efforts, the needs of local communities after devastating earthquakes, a typhoon and a tsunami are becoming apparent.

02 Oct 2009 description
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WASHINGTON, Friday, October 02, 2009 - As Southeast Asia and the South Pacific islands grapple with devastating earthquakes, a typhoon and a tsunami, the American Red Cross is helping to provide relief as part of the global Red Cross relief network.

The tsunami that hit American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga on September 30 destroyed villages and displaced thousands of residents, and the Red Cross is responding.

In American Samoa, the American Red Cross branch on the island is leading the response, focusing on providing food, water and needed supplies.

30 Sep 2009 description
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WASHINGTON, Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - The American Red Cross is on the ground in American Samoa where a tsunami swept across the island after a powerful earthquake hit the South Pacific.

After yesterday's 8.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, a significant portion of American Samoa is without power or water. Damage is widespread. Red Cross has dozens of volunteers already providing food and supplies to those on the island. A team of 50 volunteers is being sent in to supplement the efforts of the local Red Cross team.

29 Sep 2009 description
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Preparing to Respond to Next Round of Storms

By Adria Spinelli, International Communications

As the Philippines recovers from Typhoon Ketsana, Vietnam is currently feeling the brunt of the storm. In Vietnam the Red Cross evacuated 160,000 people in advance of the storm's landfall and has pre-positioned search and rescue teams as well as relief supplies to respond quickly once the storm passes.

While Ketsana drenched the Philippines, the outer edges of the storms caused flooding in Vietnam, which severely damaged agriculture and directly affected 60,000 people.

28 Sep 2009 description
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WASHINGTON, Monday, September 28, 2009 - The rains are over, but the clean-up has only just begun as hundreds of American Red Cross staff and volunteers continue to help those affected by the devastating flooding which inundated the area last week.

For nearly 200 people, home is still a Red Cross shelter. Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are in flood-ravaged neighborhoods providing meals, snacks, and clean-up supplies.

25 Sep 2009 description
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Although it is not the lead story on the evening news, many families in countries throughout West Africa have been displaced from their homes as excessive seasonal rains continue to exacerbate the widespread flooding of Senegal, Burkina Faso and several other countries. In response to requests from the global Red Cross network, the American Red Cross has five disaster specialists on the ground helping in the disaster response.

"The areas that are the most affected are the most vulnerable and have the highest levels of poverty," says Steve McAndrew, one of the American Red …

24 Sep 2009 description
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WASHINGTON, Thursday, September 24, 2009 - The American Red Cross sheltered more than 420 people in Georgia and Tennessee overnight, a signal that even though flood waters are slowly receding, many are still unable to return to their homes.

The Red Cross has more than 200 volunteers and staff and 18 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) in the area with more on standby. Clean up and comfort kits are being distributed and almost 2,000 meals have been served to those affected by the flooding.

22 Sep 2009 description
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WASHINGTON, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - As rising flood waters cover the Southeast, hundreds have looked to the American Red Cross for shelter as officials estimate the number of people needing help could rise dramatically.

Overnight more than 220 people took refuge in Red Cross shelters in Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Georgia has been hit the hardest, particularly around the city of Atlanta where as much as a foot of rain fell Monday. According to news reports, the flooding has claimed at least eight lives.

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By Abi Weaver, International Communications, American Red Cross

While many global emergencies never make the headlines, the international Red Cross and Red Crescent network continuously works to alleviate the suffering caused by these forgotten disasters.

"Silent crises, like floods, food shortages and disease outbreaks, are slow to make news, but cause significant humanitarian needs," said Tracy Reines, director of the International Response Operations Center with the American Red Cross.

19 Aug 2009 description
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Shortly after a nine-story garment factory collapsed outside Dhaka, Bangladesh after a boiler exploded in the basement, rescuers were able to save 85 people and remove 61 dead.(1) Thanks to training and equipment these rescuers received through the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), lives were saved.

PEER, a program supported by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance under the Agency for International Development, began in 1998, focusing on disaster preparedness in four Asian countries.

"In the face of climate change, urbanization, environmental …

14 Aug 2009 description
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By Abi Weaver, International Communications, American Red Cross

While people in the United States are complaining about the oppressive summer heat, people south of the equator are suffering from temperatures of the opposite extreme.

09 Jul 2009 description
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By Ramsey Rayyis, American Red Cross Regional Representative, China

"We've had to relocate twice," lamented Liu Yuzhu, standing on a new construction site with his baby girl in his arms. "But this time, we really hope we can finish construction and have our home by the end of September!"

Flanked by many neighbors, from the mountain village of Jing Hua, families had been forced to relocate almost the entire town due to hazards that remain, and nerve-wracking aftershocks that still occur.